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November 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Rossett ’68 Shares Career-Advancing Secrets with ASTD

ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field, recently published an interview with Dr. Allison Rossett ’68 on her ever-evolving career. A specialist in learning and technology, she is the Professor Emerita of Educational Technology at San Diego State University and Principal Consultant of Allison Rossett and Associates. Rossett is a member of Arcadia University’s Board of Trustees.

Q: What skills did you need to advance in your career?

Curiosity. I am a pain in the neck with my questions.

Irreverence. I often don’t see things in a conventional way. I question, then turn to literature, and then seek out best or better practices. There is little we know that doesn’t benefit from being flipped on its head.

Communications. I can write and talk reasonably well, meaning I keep the audience in mind and craft messages to be heard, not to impress. I try to speak plainly.

Customer-focused. I believe in maintaining this perspective and think it comes to me naturally.

Quick study. I understand organizations and content swiftly, all the while recognizing that I don’t fully understand them or it, of course.

Relationships. I establish them, tend to them, maintain them, and genuinely feel blessed for having them across
our field.

Q: What changes have you observed in the field of learning technologies during the past five years?

I’ll choose three: more independent learning and reference, on-demand references and materials, and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Read the full interview.


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